• WordNet 3.6
    • n doctrine a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • doctrine Teaching; instruction. "He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine , Hearken."
    • doctrine That which is taught; what is held, put forth as true, and supported by a teacher, a school, or a sect; a principle or position, or the body of principles, in any branch of knowledge; any tenet or dogma; a principle of faith; as, the doctrine of atoms; the doctrine of chances. "The doctrine of gravitation.""Articles of faith and doctrine .""Unpracticed he to fawn or seek for power
      By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n doctrine In general, whatever is taught; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master; hence, a principle or body of principles relating to or connected with religion, science, politics, or any department of knowledge; anything held as true; a tenet or set of tenets: as, the doctrines of the gospel; the doctrines of Plato; the doctrine of evolution.
    • n doctrine The act of teaching; instruction; course of discipline; specifically, instruction and confirmation in the principles of religion.
    • n doctrine Synonyms Precept, Doctrine, Dogma, Tenet. Precept is a rule of conduct, generally of some exactness, laid down by some competent or authoritative person, and to be obeyed; it differs from the others in not being especially a matter of belief. (See principle.) Doctrine is the only other of these words referring to conduct, and in that meaning it is biblical and obsolescent. In the Bible it refers equally to teaching as to the abstract truths and as to the duties of religion: “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mat. xv. 9.) As distinguished from dogma. and tenet, doctrine is a thing taught by an individual, a school, a sect, etc., while a dogma is a specific doctrine formulated as the position of some school, sect, etc., and pressed for acceptance as important or essential. Dogma is falling into disrepute as the word for an opinion which one is expected to accept on pure authority and without investigation. Tenet is a belief viewed as held, a doctrinal position taken and defended. It is equally applicable to the beliefs of an individual and of a number; it has no unfavorable sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Doctrine dok′trin a thing taught: a principle of belief: what the Scriptures teach on any subject:
    • n Doctrine dok′trin (B.) act or manner of teaching
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  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”
  • Simone Weil
    “A doctrine serves no purpose in itself, but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid being deceived by false doctrines.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. doctrine, L. doctrina, fr. doctor,. See Doctor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. doctrīna, docēre, to teach.


In literature:

The mere list of the works in which he advances these frantic imaginings, which he called a doctrine, would occupy several pages.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
This doctrine of the preservation of the balance of power is a new doctrine.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The Antagonistic Doctrines of Realism and Idealism.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Theological doctrines, he thought, were not only false, but brutal.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
In the third class of his books he had written against individuals who endeavored to shield that tyranny and to subvert godly doctrine.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The Ancient Chaldeans also taught the doctrine of Rebirth.
"Reincarnation and the Law of Karma" by William Walker Atkinson
That means more than a contention for the doctrine, more than a sentimental admiration of Holiness.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
The principle of the metaphysical doctrine is precisely the opposite of the principle of the psychological doctrine.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
It was the library of Pali manuscripts containing the sacred books and stories of Buddha's life and doctrine.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
The doctrine of the "vicious circle of wages and prices" examined.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis

In poetry:

But all the doctrine, which he taught and gave,
Was cleare as heav'n, from whence it came.
At least those beams of truth, which onely save,
Surpasse in brightnesse any flame.
"Divinitie" by George Herbert
To hear the word — to keep the law aright —
The Gospel-doctrine fully to believe —
To live according to its glorious light —
Is all the service God wou'd fain receive.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Take notice, next, I did by them engage
The Christian Faith for ever to maintain,
I mean those doctrines of each sacred page,
Which all may from their creed, in short, obtain.
"The Catechism " by Rees Prichard
O'er all the world, Lord, let thy Gospel ride,
That ev'ry realm the blessing may receive —
That it may conquer all, both far and wide,
And ev'ry soul its doctrines may believe.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
Because I, to the Gospel, gave no ear,
Nor to those doctrines, which the Saviour taught,
I now am forc'd the fiend's loud yells to hear,
With hideous horror and amazement fraught.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Woe to the Pastor! who does nothing say,
Nor spreads the Christian doctrines — at his hands
The blood of thousands shall be sought that day,
When he, at God's tribunal, trembling stands.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard

In news:

For more than four decades, Labov has been challenging perceptions about the way people talk, upending long-held doctrines in the field of linguistics and taking those findings beyond academia to the real world.
Candidates Revive Bush Pre-emption Doctrine.
Prelate as chief doctrinal watchdog.
What basic Christian tenet, doctrine or word have you struggled to "translate" into plain speech.
The Doctrine of 'Strategic Reassurance '.
Civil Procedure — Statute Of Limitations — Relation-Back Doctrine.
Carter calls on Americans to repudiate 'extremist doctrines'.
Indeed, while Christians will not agree on every point of doctrine, they can respect one another as they share their differences.
Righter 'Chose Love over Doctrine.
What is the public trust doctrine.
Civil Procedure – ' Rooker -Feldman' Doctrine – Due Process.
FCC Strikes Fairness Doctrine From Fed Rulebook .
How does one set about establishing the intellectual origins of the doctrine which has come to be known as "Leninism".
a belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming of Christ or...
So has the beautiful young librarian, and the aging philosophy professor who has spent his life teaching the ruling doctrine of this isolated outpost of totalitarian socialism.

In science:

And in some versions, the target is a yet stronger neo-Humean doctrine to the effect that (roughly speaking) al l facts—not just facts of persistence—are determined by all the various intrinsic properties of all the points of spacetime.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
How many worlds?:— Once we allow that a perdurantist theory of persistence might appeal to a contingent body of doctrine, such as a physical theory, the discussion of the RDA (or even the whole endurantism-perdurantism debate) is liable to become relative to a theory.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
There is of course a spectrum here, from “common sense” doctrines about persistence to “folk physics” to technical physics.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Second, pointil lisme has been a prevalent theme in recent analytic metaphysics: witness the recent interest in Lewis’ pointil liste doctrine of Humean supervenience.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Doctrines whose structure forms a fully faithful adjoint string.
On the coherence conditions for pseudo-distributive laws